Another of Staines-upon-Thames' most admired qualities is the diversity in size and number of business sectors represented. From international Oil & Gas giants, air freight and cargo specialists, to smaller independent filmmakers, Staines-upon-Thames offers something for all businesses no matter their size or sector of the economy. According to KPMG, Staines-upon-Thames is the 17th best place in the UK for high tech jobs, putting us ahead of London and consolidating Staines-upon-Thames as a growing hub for business.
Cargo and Logistics, Dnata
Dnata started off as the Dubai National Air Travel Agency in 1959 (the cargo division was formed in 1970). It is now one of the largest suppliers of combined air services in the world offering aircraft ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services across five continents. With a global footprint of 38 countries, Dnata employs over 20,000 employees for its operations worldwide. In the last six years it has quadrupled in size and last year helped over 80 million passengers and achieved a profit of $222m
Dnata have been operating in the UK since 1987 and today it is one of the largest handlers at Heathrow. There are currently 25,373 turnarounds each year with over 400,000 tonnes of cargo being handled. Their UK business is 54% cargo, 33% ground handling, and 13% transport. They have recently moved to Staines-upon-Thames making a £100 million investment.
Oil and Gas Technology, BP
British Petroleum is multinational oil and gas company headquartered in London, England, United Kingdom. It is the fifth-largest energy company by market capitalisation, the fifth-largest company in the world measured by 2012 revenues, and the sixth-largest oil and gas company measured by 2012 production. It is one of the six oil and gas "supermajors".
BP operates in over 80 countries and employs 85,900 people, producing around 3.3 million barrels of oil per day and holding reserves of 17 billion barrels of oil. It has around 20,700 service stations.
BP has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index and its sales and other operating revenues total $375,765 million. It has secondary listings on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange.
BP's Sunbury Business Park is home to 4,500 employees and welcomes over 80,000 visitors pa. It is one of BP's largest office sites, which is home to the International Centre for Business and Technology (ICBT). From 2014, their Upstream learning centre will be there.
The Sunbury site has a rich history with BP, yet the former laboratory and technology centre has been transformed in recent years. The new development has been carefully designed to reflect the values of the BP brand and the people that work within it. Nine imposing glass-fronted buildings with stunning atriums, dynamic interiors and airy open plan offices combine to create a calm and pleasant working environment
The ICBT is as diverse as BP. Every business is represented - for example Upstream technical and business teams, Downstream marketing and commercial teams, operations supporting the tanker fleet of BP Shipping and Corporate & Functions.
Film, Shepperton Studio's
Shepperton Studios is a major international film production company belonging to the Pinewood Studios Group (Pinewood Shepperton plc). Shepperton Studios is often described as the home for independent filmmaking in the UK but it has also been used for the production of a number of blockbuster films.
The Pinewood Group runs Pinewood Studios, Shepperton Studios and Teddington Studios in the UK as well as operating major studios abroad in the USA, Canada, Germany, Malaysia and the Dominican Republic.
The Pinewood Studios Group is currently home to approximately 250 independent businesses representing and providing expertise, equipment and support to the film, television, video games, advertising and photographic industries. These companies come together to form a unique cluster and centre of excellence for the entire creative industries.
Recent film releases which have been filmed at Shepperton include Ronin 47, Thor, World War Z, Zero Dark Thirty and Gravity (nominated for 11 BAFTA awards).
Business Services, Wood Group Kenny
Wood Group is an international energy services company with around $7bn sales, employing about 40,000 people worldwide and operating in more than 50 countries. The Group is built on our Core Values and has three businesses - Wood Group PSN, Wood Group Kenny and Wood Group Mustang - providing a range of engineering, production support, and maintenance management services to the oil & gas, and power generation industries worldwide.
They have been based in Staines-upon-Thames since 1987.
Financial Services, RBS Invoice Finance
RBS Invoice Finance is part of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group and is one of the largest providers of invoice finance in the UK. They have network of offices across the UK, offering their customers a personal service that's responsive to local needs. They provide a team consisting of Relationship Managers, who match business objectives to effective products and solutions. They work with customers on a day-to-day basis and are supported by named assistants who ensure the smooth and efficient running of their financial services. Their South East England headquarters are based in RBS House Sunbury.